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Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Description: Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are advanced practice registered nurses. This means that they have a wider scope of practice and have the ability to work independently to provide primary and specialty care to their patients.


  • Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Examine patients, perform and order diagnostic tests
  • Analyze diagnostic results
  • Develop treatment plans
  • Prescribe medications
  • Operate medical equipment
  • Consult with physicians, as needed
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage their condition

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  • Must become an RN with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree
  • Recommended 1-2 years of clinical experience as an RN
  • Requires a Master’s Degree from an accredited Nurse Practitioner program
    • Usually takes 2 years to complete
    • Includes coursework in advanced health assessment, biostatistics, anatomy & physiology
  • Pass the national exam and earn a state license

Salary: $98,250 (annual mean wage in Pennsylvania)

Work Environment: Hospitals, physician’s offices, outpatient care centers

Job Outlook: Expected to increase 31% from 2016 to 2026

(Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm)